Artistic Director: Vincent Honoré

Tallinn Art Hall (Kunstihoone) 29 June – 2 September, 2018
kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga 21 September – 18 November, 2018

Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius is inviting you to the first chapter of Baltic Triennial 13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST. The opening weekend will include an evening of performances on Friday, 11 May as well as a public programme on Saturday, 12 May (programme below).

BT13 in Vilnius includes works by Caroline Achaintre, Evgeny Antufiev, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Darja Bajagić, Olga Balema, Nina Beier, Huma Bhabha, Dora Budor, Miriam Cahn, Jayne Cortez, Melvin Edwards, Daiga Grantina, Max Hooper Schneider, Anna Hulačová, Pierre Huyghe, E’wao Kagoshima, Sanya Kantarovsky, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Benoît Maire, Katja Novitskova, Pakui Hardware, Anu Põder, Laure Prouvost, Ieva Rojūtė, Rachel Rose, Augustas Serapinas and Michael E. Smith alongside performances celebrating the Triennial.

The Baltic Triennial has historically taken place at the CAC Vilnius only. For its 13th edition, it will – for the first time – be organised by and happen in Lithuania, Estonia (opening on June 29th) and Latvia (opening on September 21st), where the Triennial will take the form of three different chapters and include different artists.

Baltic Triennial 13 is informed by a shared concern: what does it mean to belong at a time of fractured identities? BT13 – GIVE UP THE GHOST will unfold through and with this very question, careful not to offer a single or illustrative response. Instead, it opts for a collective vision of what is at stake: independence and dependency—and everything that lies in between—to territories, cultures, classes, histories, bodies and forms. The fluctuating notion of belonging, which can be understood to exist within the conceptual and formal framework of a relationship, allows us to think beyond identity as something fixed, self-contained and essentialised.

The exhibition in Vilnius, set within an ambitious architectural intervention designed by architect Diogo Passarinho, and which will considerably change the institution by opening it up and reconfiguring the entire space, tackles the concept of belonging by bringing together unstable territories and bodies. A large number of works have been commissioned especially for the exhibition: Anna Hulačová creates a monument in the form of a fountain; Dora Budor takes over the space surrounding the terrace and turns it into a futuristic desolate landscape inhabited by animatronic birds; Augustas Serapinas has worked with a local community to address the heritage of the nuclear industry; Sanya Kantarovsky premieres a group of new, unique works; Daiga Grantina has created a large group of sculptures; Melvin Edwards revisits one of their iconic barbed wire pieces from the 1970s; Laure Prouvost creates an immersive installation in the form of a landscape; Pakui Hardware produce new works addressing technology and human perception; Ieva Rojūtė installs two new murals; Michael E. Smith infiltrates the space with sculptures and videos; Caroline Achaintre produces large-scale new sculptures… These commissions are accompanied by loans, shown for the first time in Vilnius, of important works by: Darja Bajagić, Nina Beier, Huma Bhabha, Miriam Cahn, Jayne Cortez, Melvin Edwards, Pierre Huyghe, E’wao Kagoshima, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Katja Novitskova, Max Hooper Schneider, Anu Põder and Rachel Rose. Drawings, paintings, installations, videos, music, texts, performances form a polyphony addressing the multiple artistic strategies of our time.

Detailed Programme:

11 May 2018 Friday

6pm Public Opening

6.15pm Welcoming Speech

7pm Liv Wynter “LAUGH TRACK“

7.30pm a performance Adam Christensen

12 May 2018 Saturday

2pm a workshop by Ieva Rojūtė

4.30pm psycho-active readings in UV light with sound FX by Žygimantas Kudirka

6pm Anton Lukoszevieze “Solo for Conductor”

Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), Vilnius, Lithuania; Kim? Contemporary Art Centre, Riga, Latvia; Centre for Contemporary Art Estonia (CCAE), Tallinn, Estonia

Curatorial Team:
Dina Akhmadeeva, Canan Batur, Neringa Bumbliene, Cédric Fauq, Anya Harrison

Diogo Passarinho

Tadas Karpavičius

Supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Lithuania, Lithuanian Council for Culture, Institut Français,, Go Vilnius

Partners: Embassy of the Czech Republic in Vilnius, Institut Français in Lithuania, Lithuanian culture institute,

The Triennial celebrates the Centennial of the restored Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia

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